The invite reads “creative cocktail attire,” but your closet is filled with tame, everydayoutfits. If there’s ever a time to shake things up beyond basic black—with sequins, metallic, satin and a fierce punch of color—it’s the holidays. As your dance card fills up this season, step outside your comfort zone with festive looks from local designers and boutiques.
The weekend of December 21 and 22 is crucial in your efforts to wrap up your holiday shopping in peace, sans the panic that sets in as the big day closes in. Luckily Love City Love, a Cap Hill event space at 501 E Pike St. run by photographer, artist and skateboarder Lucien Pellegrin, is hosting an extended weekend of shopping called Closed Circuit Shop for your gift-giving needs.
Melrose Market’s newest inhabitant, Glasswing, is hosting a pop up shop filled with the hottest, freshest and most exciting local designers on the scene at the moment: Ampersand as Apostrophe, Baleen, De Rien Vintage (from London), Faris Jewelry,
Local outdoor outfitter brand Filson has collaborated with the newly spiffed-up Shinola (once a shoe polish company, now a watch and bike maker out of Detroit), on a limited-edition Bixby bicycle, $2,300, complete with American-made frame, bamboo fenders and custom-designed Filson panniers, $320. Perfect for the cyclist who thought they had everything.
You’ll be downtown shopping anyway in the next few weeks, why not schedule in a little “me time” at the spa to ease any holiday stress? Elaia is offering 12 deals for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
Thursday, December 12: The perfect stocking stuffer!Schedule a 60-minute or greater spa treatment and receive a $20 Gift Card
Friday, December 13: Wrapped too many gifts?$30 Elaia Winter Manicure (reg. $45)
Saturday, December 14: Give to receive!
Tacky sweaters are the reason for the season. When else do you have sartorial sanction to pull out your ugliest, gaudiest, green and reddest, most fabulous ugly holiday sweater? We know you wear them because we see you doing it all over Facebook and Instagram, there's no denying it. So send those pics of your festive self before Thursday, December 19 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Value Village. You can email pics to me at email@example.com, or submit them via Twitter or Instagram with the tag @seattlemag.
Porchlight Coffee and Records owner Zack Bolotin has a new project, an online store called Close By, that you should know about. Bolotin lauched Close By over the summer, as a love story to his home state of Washington, filling it with “items that are well made, good looking and that I would want in my home (or on my back and on my head),” he explains.
Three things: Christmas is less than two weeks away. (How did that happen?). The US Post Office needs your support. (Buy stamps.) And New Year’s cards are a lovely option if Christmas isn’t your jam.
Following is a very brief selection of the cool cards from Pacific Northwest designers for your holiday communication needs.
I have a very chic friend who wears her Melinda Maria Goddess of Love necklace everyday, layering it with her other posh pieces and looking amazing like it’s no big thing at all. Granted she has great taste and a keen eye, but I really think that it’s her Melinda Maria necklace that grounds her fantastic look.
The hype is all about the food at Aragona, the newest endeavor by Spinasse and Artusi’s Jason Stratton and chef de cuisine Carrie Mashaney (who is currently kicking butt on Top Chef New Orleans) but I stopped in yesterday, during the calm before the opening night storm and got a sneak peek at the décor, which is off-the-hook cool and totally fresh.
Former investment banker Kathleen Baxley spent 15 years in New York, freezing cold under her business attire. “I wore elegant clothes, and I wanted an inner layer of warmth and comfort that was consistent with the rest of my wardrobe,” says the Queen Anne–based Baxley.
Last year, Francisco Hernandez, the owner, designer and visionary behind men’s clothing line Built For Man created a yak ornament, made in Nepal, with proceeds benefitting the Early Rehabilitation Center (ERC), a Nepalese non profit committed to the welfare of special needs kids in that country.